Powerline vegetation clearance
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Powerline vegetation clearance

Under Section 80 of the Electricity Safety Act 1998, CFA assigns “low” and “high” fire hazard ratings for powerlines to parcels of land in the country area of Victoria and to portions of the metropolitan fire district.

The classification of low and high risk areas aims to safeguard life and property by preventing overhead electric line-related ignitions. 

Fire Hazard Ratings for Powerlines DVD

CFA produces an interactive DVD that shows land classifications in relation to powerlines, which contains general information as well as printable PDFs at cadastre scale. To order a free DVD, simply send us an email, with your name, mailing address and postcode.

Where are the rating classifications used?

The ratings are used to identify low and hazardous bushfire risk areas for the Electricity Safety (Electric Line Clearance) Regulations 2010, Electricity Safety (Installations) Regulations 2009 and Electricity Safety (Bushfire Mitigation) Regulations 2003.

How does a rating affect an area?

It can affect the extent of vegetation clearance adjacent to overhead electric lines. Authorities responsible for the overhead electric lines include electricity distribution businesses, municipal councils and private land owners.

It can also affect overhead electric lines on private land. Under the Electricity Safety (Installations) Regulations 2009, a private electric line needing substantial reconstruction must be replaced underground, if sitting in hazardous bushfire risk area categorisation. Private electric lines in low bushfire risk area are exempt from this requirement.

Fire hazard ratings for powerlines contrasts significantly with other risk mapping assessments and has been developed explicitly for its legislative requirements.

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